Apparently blackberry bushes are not listed in serious wildflower books. We include them here because they are wild and they have flowers (as well as delicious berries, which we are told are technically not berries). The people who write the books explain that the fruit that we thought were berries is in reality "aggregate fruit" composed of "druplets." We had never heard of a druplet but apparently it has something to do with soft fruit covering a hard pit and we presume that we are being told by the scientists to watch out for the seeds in the blackberries.

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blackberry

There are over 375 different species of blackberry bushes in the Rubus genus and we have absolutely no idea which ones we have here in The Sea Ranch, but we know that they like it here. Blackberries are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and, as you undoubtably already know, they make excellent jams and pies. The seeds, which most of us surreptitiously spit out, are rich in Omega-3. You will find blackberry tangles in our meadows all through the Ranch and you will find them in bloom in late spring and early summer.

When you go picking, watch out for the thorns. They can be brutal.